2017-2018 Officer Bios

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is proud to present its officers for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Head: Rick Moore, Boise State University

Rick Moore earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon and has taught at Boise State since 1994. He loves teaching a wide variety of courses in mass communication, both in media practice and in media criticism (including law/ethics).


Dr. Moore’s research interests are in the area of mass communication and ideology. Much of his writing has investigated media portrayal of religious and environmental issues. Writing under his full name of Rick Clifton Moore, Dr. Moore has published articles in: The Journal of Communication; Mass Communication & Society; The Journal of Media and Religion; The Journal of Communication and Religion; The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture; The Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society; Advertising and Society Review; The Communication Review; The Ellul Forum; and The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies.


When not in his office, in the classroom, or the library, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and his children Emily and Danny. He also has a fondness for old houses (the Moore’s version being a perpetual work-in-progress) and occasionally gets to spend time wading in Idaho’s beautiful mountain streams.

Co-Vice Head: Mariam Alkazemi , Gulf University for Science and Technology

Mariam Alkazemi (Ph.D., 2014, University of Florida) is currently a Carnegie fellow at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill while on leave from an assistant professorship of mass communication at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. Her research appears in Communication Law & Policy, International Communication Gazette, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Health Environments Research & Design Journal. Dr. Alkazemi has been a recipient of several awards for teaching and research. Further, she has served as a research fellow the London School of Economics in the summer of 2016. Dr. Alkazemi holds degrees from George Washington University (B.A., 2007, Journalism) and Michigan State University (M.A., 2009, Advertising/Public Relations). Dr. Alkazemi has taugh


t a wide range of graduate, undergraduate and online classes dealing with international communication, information gathering, public speaking, public relations and advertising. She is currently serving as a co-vice head of the Religion and Media Interest Group, which is affiliated with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
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Co-Vice Head: Greg Perreault, Appalachian State University

Gregory P. Perreault (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Appalachian State University. His research focuses on journalism studies and media paradigms. His research has explored embedded values in journalistic content, paradigm maintenance activity among journalists, how paradigmatic values have shaped minority representations, and how social media audiences shape media narratives. His papers have won awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His research appears in the Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Media & Religion, Journalism Studies, Games & Culture, and Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a journalist for seven years. He’s worked as a sports reporter for the Palm Beach Post (circ. 145, 000), served as managing editor of a hyperlocal multimedia website Columbia Faith & Values, and had work published at USA Today, Miami Herald, and The Los Angeles Times. He earned his masters degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University. He graduated with honors from the Missouri School of Journalism. Perreault serves as co-vice head for the Religion and Media Interest Group.



Research Chair: Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University

Brian J. Bowe (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in Western Washington University’s Department of Journalism. His research focuses on the connections between media and culture in a variety of contexts. His research specialties include framing, agenda setting, and media coverage of Islam. He has taught at Michigan State University, the Sorbonne, and Grand Valley State University. His research has been published in journals such as Media, Culture and Society, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Public Understanding of Science. A noted music journalist, Bowe has written biographies of The Ramones, The Clash, and Judas Priest. He co-edited the anthology CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine (2007, Collins).

PF&R Chair: Michael Longinow, Biola University

Michael Longinow, a former RMIG head, is a former chair in the Department of Media, Journalism & Pubic Relations in the School of Fine Arts & Communication at Biola University in Los Angeles County, California. His teaching areas are convergent journalism writing, reporting, and philosophy and ethics. He has made cross-cultural understanding, particularly between faith communities, an underlying theme of his pedagogy in all courses. His recent research areas have been trauma in journalism and the role of Millennials in trends facing the media industries in the U.S. and internationally. He taught English and Journalism previously at Asbury University in Central Kentucky. He grew up in greater Chicago where, in a mixed ethnicity home, he learned the interplay of Slavic and Latino groups in their faith practices, media and cultures. His undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (IL) led to a MS in journalism from the University of Illinois (Urbana). His Ph.D from the University of Kentucky focused on the role of media (print and broadcast) in the growth and development of Christian liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. (1888-1942).

Teaching Chair: Vicki Knasel Brown, University of Missouri

Newsletter and Social Media Editor: Andrew Pritchard, Iowa State University

Andrew D. Pritchard is an assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, where his principal teaching area is media law, regulation, and policy. He is a lawyer and former journalist, with research interests in media law, media history, and how individuals in modern societies use media to shape their own religious experiences. He received his B.A. in political science and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in communication from North Dakota State University. His research has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterlythe Journal of Communication and ReligionHistorical Methods, and Visual Communication Quarterly.

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Membership Chair: Cecile Holmes, University of South Carolina


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